Columbia, MD - Nov 1, 2006 - Brazilian broadcasters have formed the Brazilian Alliance for Digital Radio to promote and support the deployment of HD Radio technology in that country. The announcement is the latest development in the country's adoption of the HD Radio system. There are 16 stations in Brazil broadcasting with HD Radio technology to a coverage area of 30 million people.
The Brazilian Alliance for Digital Radio is composed of the major broadcast groups: the Brazilian Association of Radio and Television Broadcasters (ABERT), the Association of Broadcasters of Sao Paulo (AESP), and remaining Brazilian groups including Sistema Globo de Rádio; Sistema Clube de Radio; Rede Record; Rede Itatiaia; Grupo Bandeirantes de Comunicaçao; Rede RBS; Rede Energia; Grupo O Estado de Sao Paulo e Rede CBS. Substantial HD Radio field test data obtained from these major radio networks was presented at the Brazilian society of Engineering of Television and Telecommunications (SET) convention in September. In addition, numerous HD Radio operation reports have been presented to Brazilian regulatory authorities.
The alliance already has close to 2,500 affiliated radio stations that will support its efforts. Acacio Costa is the coordinator of the Brazilian Alliance for Digital Radio.